Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant – Introduction (CEPH1)

Location: Online
Date: 3 April 2023 for 9 weeks
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: NZ$2,379.47

Event details

This course is run by the Passive House Academy (PHANZ).

What is Passive House and what’s involved in the course?

Passive House is a quality assurance standard. It has all the tools needed, right now, to build a secure and healthy future for Kiwis across the country – ticking the boxes for health and wellbeing, financial, energy use and global climate benefits, all in one.

This entry-level course is a 9 week online introduction to designing healthy and energy-efficient homes. It will help students to understand the leading order factors in building energy use, and enable them to creatively employ their understanding of energy efficiency fundamentals. The skills gained are a precondition for proceeding to the final preparation course for the examination as Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant.

On passing the test for this course, you will receive a Certificate of Successful Course Completion and an invitation to continue with your education.

What are the topics covered?

  • Surface to volume ratio: the geometric dimension of energy efficiency.
  • Thermal building physics: what makes houses maintain warmth?
  • Ventilation: energy efficient options for fresh air.
  • Hot water: options to further reduce CO2.
  • Indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency: where is the connection?
  • The social dimension of energy-efficient housing.
  • Passive Houses: the spearhead of energy-efficient housing.

You will receive a printable copy of the lecture slides, and instructions for further learning in your own time. You will need to set aside about 4 hours each week for homework.

If you already have the skills to be acquired in this course, consider registering for the Exam Preparation Course instead. Take the test!

How much does it cost?

Course Fee: NZ$2,379.47, inclusive of 15% GST
PHINZ member discounts apply – not a member? Click here to Become a PHINZ Member

Specific requirements:

Laptop with wireless capacity, office software, and THERM (free software) installed.


Secondary school education. Experience in the building sector is also highly recommended for successful course completion.